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Droplet-Sizing Liquid Water Content Sensor

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
MT Bozeman, MT 59718-6081
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Droplet-Sizing Liquid Water Content Sensor
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CC18P
Award Amount: $124,979.00


Icing is a significant aviation hazard, and icing conditions continue to be difficult to precisely forecast or locate in real time. An in-situ sensor, which can be flown coupled with a radiosonde, is needed which can both measure supercooled liquid water content in clouds as well as characterize the droplet sizes. This sensor will support the calibration and validation of remote-sensing methods used to detect icing conditions, and can also be used on its own to support operational meteorology applications.Anasphere, Inc. proposes to develop a sizing supercooled liquid water content (SSLWC) sonde which will meet this need. It will be based on proven vibrating-wire technology which has been used for total water content measurements, but with an altogether different physical implementation that will enable droplet sizing.Phase I will involve the aerodynamic design of the SSLWC sonde, icing tunnel tests demonstrating key elements of its function, and a live flight test to gather information on the sonde's aerodynamic characteristics. Phase II will involve further tunnel tests, laboratory calibration development, design for manufacturability, and flight tests in icing conditions.

Principal Investigator:

John Bognar
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

John Bognar
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Anasphere, Inc.
MT Bozeman, MT 59718-6081

EIN/Tax ID: 352176869
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No